Department of Education

Developing Research Leadership in Schools

This course enables practicing educators to gain the necessary skills and knowledge to lead research development in schools. It responds directly to the policy agenda for creating ‘knowledge producing’ schools and research-informed teaching as set out by the Teaching and Research School initiatives, the 2016 national standards for Continuing Professional Development and the recently formed Chartered College of Teaching.

The course is open to school-sponsored or independent applicants who should be employees of an educational institution. Impact on school culture will be maximised by school sponsorship of a pair of applicants who would be expected to adopt a high profile in leading the research engagement of staff, applying their knowledge and skills to the building of professional learning communities. Sponsorship would bring additional support for the school leadership through the critical friendship of and termly visits from a University tutor.

Benefits of sponsorship to schools

  • Teachers begin to use and create research evidence to inform and evaluate classroom strategies
  • The nominees’ learning cascades down to other colleagues
  • The course extends and develops the pool of leadership skills in the school
  • Staff engagement with research activity creates a reflective staff culture with associated improvements to the quality of teaching and learning.

The course is taught during approximately 15 twilight sessions between September and May. All other course engagement is carried out within a virtual learning environment.

The course comprises two modules:

  • Developing Research Leadership and Enquiry
  • Research Methods


For further information contact:

Dr Sean Higgins, Course Leader

Course fees of £2,000 (in 2018/19) reflect the University’s desire to support the Continuing Professional Development within our regional partnerships


Education MA

Masters-level courses in education and teaching are designed to meet the needs of those working – or wanting to work – in teaching, management, education and development contexts. We aim to provide courses that: 

  • are grounded in research 
  • recognise and build on prior education-related knowledge and experience 
  • develop professionally relevant knowledge, skills and understanding 
  • enable the acquisition of further qualifications that enhance your career prospects. 

Some courses are offered on a part-time basis, combining attendance in the evenings with occasional day schools. 

This is an innovative, highly regarded and flexible MA with a significant research component designed for education professionals and students interested in education in both UK and global contexts. 

The course enables you to develop your understanding of a broad range of issues and theoretical perspectives on practice and policy, and to specialise in areas that interest you most. 

The full-time course is largely taught with research components while the part-time course is centred around supported, practice-based research. 

See more details - including how to apply - for the Education MA (part-time).